Nintendo has announced the shutdown of many of the Wii’s long-running services, including the majority of the channel content due to a “very low participation rate”. Previously being announced for Japan, it has now been confirmed that this will also be the case for all Wii-users worldwide next month.
Applications affected by this include:
- Nintendo Channel
- News Channel
- Forecast Channel
- Everybody Votes Channel
- Mii Contest Channel
- Data exchange with friends via WiiConnect24
This means come June 28th, you will be unable exchange messages using the Wii Message Board, share Mii characters via the Mii Channel, as well being unable to use your email address on the console.
While Nintendo is discontinuing the majority of the services available, the Wii Shop Channel will continue to remain active for those that wish to continue to purchasing software from the store. It’s safe to say we all knew this would inevitably happen, following the release of the Wii U. In regards to pulling the plug on the majority of the Wii’s channels, Nintendo said this in a statement: “In order to focus on the development of an even higher level of service for Wii U and other products, a portion of the network services offered through the Wii console will be discontinued.”
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